Friday, May 15, 2009

Man in Black

I am one that owns but one suit and it is black. My 2 best dress shirts are black. So my usual color at such gatherings is, you guessed it, black. So you can figure that I frequently get referred to as the 'man in black'. I like it for one could imagine 'man in black' like THIS or THIS or THIS or THIS.

Lady Aramis and myself joined a large group last night to celebrate the 10 year anniversary for our Community Cancer Center. The Center is a true blessing for the 200 patients that are seen each day and the many, many more in this community who gain understanding, support and care for those who have or will experience cancer.

A dear friend cornered me last night and asked if I had read the words to Johnny Cash's song, Man in Black. I hadn't so he sent them to me and I must admit they resonate with me. Enjoy.

Man In Black lyrics

Well, you wonder why I always dress in black,
Why you never see bright colors on my back,
And why does my appearance seem to have a somber tone.
Well, there's a reason for the things that I have on.

I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down,
Livin' in the hopeless, hungry side of town,
I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime,
But is there because he's a victim of the times.

I wear the black for those who never read,
Or listened to the words that Jesus said,
About the road to happiness through love and charity,
Why, you'd think He's talking straight to you and me.

Well, we're doin' mighty fine, I do suppose,
In our streak of lightnin' cars and fancy clothes,
But just so we're reminded of the ones who are held back,
Up front there ought 'a be a Man In Black.

I wear it for the sick and lonely old,
For the reckless ones whose bad trip left them cold,
I wear the black in mournin' for the lives that could have been,
Each week we lose a hundred fine young men.

And, I wear it for the thousands who have died,
Believen' that the Lord was on their side,
I wear it for another hundred thousand who have died,
Believen' that we all were on their side.

Well, there's things that never will be right I know,
And things need changin' everywhere you go,
But 'til we start to make a move to make a few things right,
You'll never see me wear a suit of white.

Ah, I'd love to wear a rainbow every day,
And tell the world that everything's OK,
But I'll try to carry off a little darkness on my back,
'Till things are brighter, I'm the Man In Black.

1 comment:

Athos said...

Good 'un, Aramis. We miss ol' Johnnie ...